WHAT IS CONFIRMATION?
Confirmation is a two-year process for students in grades 7 and 8 to help them get more connected with God, others, and our church. Students meet with their own grade level on alternating weeks on Sunday mornings, meet regularly with a mentor, serve, take sermon notes, and visit other churches.
8th GRADE SCHEDULE 2018-2019
- November 11: Class #1
- November 25: Church Visit Sanctuary Covenant - AM
- December 7-9: Mandatory Retreat in Loretto, MN
- December 16: Class #2
- January 13: Class #3
- January 27: Class #4
- February 10: Class #5
- February 23: Church Visit Seed of Abraham - AM
- February 24: Church Visit Substance - AM
- March 3: Class # 6
- March 17: Class #7
- April 14: Class #8 & Paper/Project Due
- April 28: Make-up Class
- May 4: Confirmation Banquet & Worship/baptism service 4:00–8:15 p.m.
- May 5: Services at 9:00 & 10:45, Confirmation Service 2:00–3:30 p.m.
We work with each family to identify a mentor for all the students in the confirmation ministry. Mentors are asked to set a Godly example and engage students in spiritual conversations as well as conversations about life, school, family, friends, etc. Mentors walk alongside students for 17 months, and meet face-to-face with the student once per month; pray for the student on a regular basis; check in with them via phone, text, email, or Facebook every other week.
All of our 8th grade students submit a confirmation final paper or project. It is typically due in mid-April. Our goal is to help our students reflect deeper on what Christ means to them and allow them lots of creative space so they can do this in a way that fits with their strengths and passions. All of these projects or papers will be presented and displayed as part of our confirmation weekend. Details of the project appear in this PDF.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The vision of the confirmation ministry is to help students connect with God, with others, and with our church. So, while you do not have be an attender at Plymouth Covenant, the ministry is designed for those who do call our church home or want to start coming here.
We find it valuable to help students experience the ways other Christians worship. We meet at Plymouth Covenant and travel together to other local churches. Church visits are not required but highly encouraged. Students will be able to get a sermon note with each visit.
This weekend is the highlight of the ministry for most students. They get to build relationships with their peers while having fun. They also have a significant time of worship and time set aside to connect with the Lord. The retreat is local so that if a student has a conflict we can still have them participate in part of the weekend.
Yes, as long as they start in the fall. Talk with Pastor Annie as soon as possible about what this would look like.
Confirmation weekend is set aside to celebrate how God has been at work in the lives of our students. We want to honor the students being confirmed, challenge them, and hear directly from them. We want our church family to hear and see how God has been at work and join in this meaningful moment.
Confirmation weekend is typically the last weekend in April or occasionally the first weekend in May. In 2018, it will be May 5-6.
There’s a Saturday banquet, Saturday worship/baptism service, Sunday morning service, and confirmation service.
Confirmation weekend starts with our banquet on Saturday that is only for the student, their mentor, and parents. We honor the mentors for investing time and energy over the last year and half. Students also present their projects or papers. Then directly following the banquet we have our Saturday night worship/baptism service. Typically a handful of students decide they would like to also be baptized as part of confirmation weekend (it is not required/expected). Students share their stories of how God has worked in their lives and why they want to be baptized. It is a powerful service, as they get baptized before their peers and family.
Then students will choose to attend either the 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday. Typically, students are involved in these services by helping with communion, ushering, or sharing their paper or project.
After Sunday worship, students and families come back for the official confirmation service at 2:00 p.m. At this service, we again thank mentors, we show a highlight video, we have some students share their projects/papers or help pray, and have an inspiring message from our lead pastor. At this service, students will officially be confirmed and be prayed over by their parents.
Please contact Annie so she is aware your student will be missing. Also there is typically a make-up class at the end of April for students who had to miss.
Simply fill out the form below and Pastor Annie will be happy to connect with you.